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Graphene NOWNANO, a well-established CDT at The University of Manchester, in partnership with Lancaster University, are inviting applications for 10+ PhD places

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 Nov 2020
  • United Kingdom | The University of Manchester
  • Date posted: 30 Sep 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Discipline: Nanotechnology 

Graphene NOWNANO is a well-established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based at the University of Manchester in partnership with Lancaster University. It builds on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster to offer a broad interdisciplinary CDT. PhD students receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project that you will select from 30+ top-rated research groups across nine disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology for Medicine).

There are currently 80 students active across four year groups in the CDT offering excellent opportunities for sharing expertise and exchange of ideas. Extra opportunities on offer: student conferences, innovation and commercialization training, joint events with other CDTs, outreach events. These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists that will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials, and development of their applications in the future.

Applications are invited for 10+ fully funded PhD places. We welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines looking for a challenging research project in an interdisciplinary environment. Places are available to UK nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. EU/International students are welcome to apply providing they have their own funding.

The programme

  • Six-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including two mini-projects in a choice of labs.
  • Secondment opportunities to gain industry-related skills or experience in research labs abroad.
  • Cutting-edge research where you will develop interdisciplinary skills.
  • Choice of experimental, theoretical and computational projects.

Topics include

  • Fundamental science of graphene and other two-dimensional materials.
  • Experimental and theoretical physics of nanodevices based on 2D materials.
  • 2D heterostructures: materials on demand.
  • Synthesis, fabrication, characterization and modelling of 2D materials.
  • Applications of graphene and other 2D materials in:
    – Electronics
    – Photonics
    – Electrochemistry
    – Composites
    – Spintronics
    – Filtration and separation
    – Drug delivery
    – Regenerative medicine

How to apply

Applications should be made online from October.

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